- Inflections of 'mete' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
- v 3rd person singular
- v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
- v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
- v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."
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mete1 /mit/USA pronunciation
v. [~ + out + object], met•ed, met•ing. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- to distribute by measure;
allot:to mete out praise.
- to give out or order (punishment) officially:The judge meted out a prison term.
(mēt),USA pronunciation v.t., met•ed, met•ing.
- to distribute or apportion by measure;
dole (usually fol. by out):to mete out punishment.
- [Archaic.]to measure.
- bef. 900; Middle English; Old English metan; cognate with Dutch meten, Old Norse meta, Gothic mitan, German messen to measure, Greek mé̄desthai to ponder
(mēt),USA pronunciation n.
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged deal, measure, parcel.
- a limiting mark.
- a limit or boundary.
- Latin mēta goal, turning post
- Middle French
- Middle English 1275–1325
- 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged bound.
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mete /miːt/ vb (transitive)
vb , n
- (usually followed by out) formal to distribute or allot (something, often unpleasant)
Etymology: Old English metan; compare Old Saxon metan, Old Norse meta, German messen to measure
- poetic dialect (to) measure
mete /miːt/ n
Etymology: 15th Century: from Old French, from Latin mēta goal, turning post (in race)
- rare a mark, limit, or boundary (esp in the phrase metes and bounds)
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